Saturday 4 March – Kinnegad – 1pm
The Armagh u20s have a chance to reach the Philly McGuinness Cup League final this weekend when they travel to Westmeath.
The Orchard County are currently unbeaten after the two opening rounds. They overcame Monaghan the first day out before drawing with Louth two weeks ago.
They currently sit at the top of the table of Group Two, one point above Monaghan and this weekend’s opponents.
They’ll hope to keep their unbeaten streak going on Saturday and make the league final where they’ll face the winners of Group One.
It’s a dead heat in the other group, with Fermanagh, Leitrim, Cavan and Longford all tied on two points.
Each team has won one and lost one in the first two rounds of the league, so that will likely come down to score difference.
But Armagh won’t be concerned with the other section just yet. They’ll focus on the job in hand as they travel south.
Westmeath began their campaign with a six-point win over Louth before falling to Monaghan in round two.
Armagh will be well aware they face a difficult task but will also be fully confident in their own ability.
Barry O’Hagan’s side is packed with talented youngsters that performed brilliantly in the first two rounds.
The likes of Patrick McAteer and Oisin Conaty have been exposed to a higher level as they are part of Kieran McGeeney’s senior squad.
Aaron O’Neill is the top scorer with 2-7 while Caolan Finnegan hit a brace of goals the last day out.
Callum O’Neill and Fergal O’Brien are attack-minded wing half backs that are well fit to kick points.
Gareth Murphy and Brendan O’Hagan are the rocks of the defence while Ruairi O’Brien is another scoring threat.
It’s a huge opportunity for the Orchard County to reach a league final ahead of their championship clash with Monaghan at the end of the month.
The Armagh minors are also in action this weekend as they face Derry in round two of the Ulster Minor League.
Brendan Hughes’ side got off to a winning start, staging a second half comeback to defeat Antrim last weekend.
They’ll hope to back it up in Clady tomorrow afternoon, with a throw in time of 12:00.